I Cooked Regular and Organic Eggs Side by Side and the Results Were Surprising
Is it worth paying more for organic eggs?
I’m crazy about eggs. They’re a self-contained breakfast (or breakfast for dinner) packed with health benefits. Plus, they’re so easy to put together in a 13×9 dish for an easy, cheesy family brunch. (Here’s a bunch of our go-to recipes.)
I always buy organic eggs at the grocery store without thinking too much about it, but lately, I’ve wondered: Is that extra $4 worth spending? I taste tested organic eggs and conventional (non-organic) eggs to find out!
About the Eggs
I bought two dozen eggs at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, our local grocery store. For the test, I picked up the cheapest dozen in the cooler (which happened to be a store brand), plus a carton of Organic Valley eggs. Both were Grade A Large eggs.
- Fresh Thyme Farmers Market Eggs (Non-Organic): $1.69
- Organic Valley Eggs (Organic): $5.99
Taste of Home
I noticed a difference as soon as I opened the box—the organic eggs had a brown shell, while the non-organic eggs had a white shell. When I cracked ‘em open, the Fresh Thyme eggs, my non-organic contender, had a beautiful orange-yellow yolk! I loved the deep color, which held up even when eggs were scrambled or cooked over easy. I was surprised to see that the organic eggs had a yolk that was a much paler yellow. Here’s the real reason why egg yolks are different colors.
The Taste Test
To test the eggs, I prepared them scrambled with a splash of whole milk and over easy. Here’s what I discovered…
- Scrambled: They scrambled up flat and somewhat rubbery, though they definitely had a brighter yellow color.
- Over Easy: Super yolk-y, which is perfect for anyone who dunks a piece of toast in their runny yolk. The only downside—a white that was somewhat rubbery.
- Scrambled: The scrambled eggs were light, fluffy and so easy to eat. The egg-y flavor was good, but not overpowering. I could still taste the ½ tablespoon of butter I cooked the eggs in.
- Over Easy: The yolk taste was bland in comparison to the non-organic egg! But the white was smooth, not chewy at all.
Taste of Home
Do Organic Eggs Taste Better?
Not always. It turns out organic eggs don’t automatically taste better than their non-organic competitors simply because they’re organic. But flavor and texture aren’t the only factors to consider when you make a purchase. Lots of people prefer to buy organic eggs simply because the hens aren’t confined to cages, have access to the outdoors and are fed organic feed. It’s a personal decision.
For any dish that needs an extra-fluffy texture, though, I would splurge on the organic dozen. You can check out our complete egg guide to buying eggs, here.